Diana Krall – otherwise known as Mrs Elvis Costello, trivia fans – was all set to release Wallflower last October and head out on tour in what Americans call the fall when disaster struck. She contracted pneumonia.
Having made a relatively swift recovery, the tour is set to begin later this month before hitting Britain in September.
Krall’s voice is a beautiful one and it is a minor disgrace that she is not a household name in this country. Perhaps this long-awaited album of covers given new and in some cases radically different arrangements, plus a new song contributed by Sir Paul McCartney, will be the one to change all that.
It’s certainly a lovely record and the low key, slightly bossa nova treatment given to California Dreamin’ is both a brave and successful one. Her duet with Michael Buble, Alone Again (Naturally) is also a cut above the glitzy pop with which Mr B has made his name.
It would be easy to label Wallflower as undemanding dinner party middle-of-the-road pop and it’s not up there with some of Ms Krall’s earlier efforts, but it’s still an enjoyable way to spend 45 minutes.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh